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How to Choose the Perfect Red Lipstick + My Top 5 Red Lipsticks 2016 | Lillee Jean

Some search for the perfect everyday hue, others collect. When it comes to red lipstick you will be told the following concepts: “fair skinned beauties generally should stick with blue undertones reds.”; “check the inside of your wrist, what do your veins reveal?”; “steer clear of vibrant reds if you have dark skin!”. As one who experiments with color on the daily, that includes contrasting shades, I am here to say some of the concepts listed above DO hold water, but most aren’t clear and mislead MANY a woman! For example, what if you have light skin and neutral TO WARM undertones? Clearly, a blue toned red although it MIGHT fit if deep enough, won’t look as good as a fiery orange toned color. Below I will be going into depth on some of my FAVORITE RED lipstick colors, and MY TIPS on how to choose the correct hue and shade for you! Do be noted I tried incorporating both liquid, and regular lipstick formulas along with high end/low end/indie brands this way a diverse amount of products would be present.

Lipstick is a tricky thing to come by since almost ALL of us beauties are uptight on how we fancy our formulas! For instance, a red lipstick in particular should be FADE PROOF, highly pigmented, and long lasting. While some brands might encompass 2/3 of these important factors, I made sure to ONLY display brands featuring excelling above these standards and moreover passing the 3 out of 3 test! For those of you who might be curious as to why I did NOT include “transfer proof” apart of the “3 out of 3”, simply said, lipsticks in bullet form are ALWAYS going to have a hint of transferring, no matter how matte they claim to be. Above you shall see a total of 5 (five) lipsticks ranging from Maybelline’s Rich Ruby to Besame Cosmetics Blood Red– all of different formulas, all of different undertones, but all quite suiting, thus begging the question “HOW do you choose the perfect red Lilz?” Well, continue reading on and you shall become a personal red lipstick expert ;)!


The vein test, I admit was VERY confusing to me at first! Fear not, more tests await. Hold up a piece of silver jewelry against your skin, and then a piece of gold jewelry, which looks best?

Both = Neutral

Silver = Cool

Gold = Warm

Both but MORSO Silver = Neutral to Cool

Both but MORSO Gold = Neutral to Warm

Cool Undertones: Blue Reds; Pink Reds (blue contrasts the red in your skin)

Warm Undertones: Orange Reds; Deep Red (blue/red might create a pretty contrast)

Neutral Undertones: Orange Reds; Blue Reds (any red WORKS, congrats, join the club)


Dry Lips: Thick Liquid Lipsticks; Demi-Matte; Creamy

Urban Decay Vice Comfort Matte’s; Anastasia Beverly Hill’s Liquid Lipsticks

Moist Lips: Long Wearing Lipsticks

Besame Cosmetics Lipstick; ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick

Hydrated Lips: Regular Liquid Lipsticks; Any Bullet Lipstick

Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipsticks; Maybelline Color Sensational Matte Collection


1. Urban Decay Vice Lipstick, Temper

Red-Orange with warm undertones and a satiny finish.

This semi-dark in tone orange-red in my opinion look best on me,

and is muted enough for everyday wear!

2. Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick, Spicy

Vivid Red-Orange with STRONG warm undertones and a matte finish.

Extremely bright, but is a very fitting red against my skin tone.

Reminds me of a fire engine!

3. Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipstick, Merlot

Alluring cool toned red with a comfortable and blendable matte finish.

On my skin it is the PERFECT candy apple red!

Extremely comfortable finish, and very long lasting.

4. Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick, Rich Ruby

Medium-Dark cool red with STRONG blue undertones and a satin like finish.

Classic red that is flattering on most fair skin tones.

Lightweight texture that is rather long lasting!

5. Besame Cosmetics Lipstick, Blood Red

1922 replica of flapper’s lipstick colors.

Semi-Matte finish, wearable for both warm and cool tones with warm complexions.

VERY pigmented; leaves a stain after wear time is up

What red lipstick will you be rockin’ this Fall?

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